Folk singer to hold sing-along Saturday
Acclaimed folk singer and autoharp virtuoso, Adam Miller, will perform a concert of traditional American and European folk songs of the winter holidays. This is a free sing-along family concert for all ages, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
Miller is known for his extensive repertoire of traditional and historical folksongs. His performances at folk festivals, libraries, museums and schools have won him fans of all ages all along the west coast. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he is also one of the most respected autoharp players in North America.
He’s a familiar face to many California parents and children who have enjoyed his “Singing Through History” school assemblies and folk music programs for libraries. His entertaining and educational sing-along programs have been featured at the San Francisco Folk Festival, the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention, and the California Traditional Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival. His performances have garnered praise from both critics and educators.
“He is masterful at balancing a fun, engaging music assembly that exposes the children to folk music with a history lesson,” said Raymond Dawley, principal of Redwood City’s North Star Academy Elementary School.
Solo pianist and composer George Winston says Miller is “one of the great autoharpists and folksingers of our times.” Miller’s “Singing Through History” folk music programs for students aid in the development of cultural and historical literacy, emphasizing the importance of history as a story well told.
A native of Northern California, Miller grew up a few blocks from historic Cannery Row on the Monterey Bay. A former film producer, he developed an interest in folk music while still in grade school when his parents took him to see folksinger Sam Hinton perform in Big Sur. “It opened up a whole world of folk music and folklore for me,” Miller said.
Retired folksinger Sam Hinton, 87, said, “Adam is not only a master of the autoharp with impeccable taste, but is also about the nicest guy one could ever hope to meet.”
Miller plays both diatonic and chromatic autoharps using only his fingernails for picks. He has recorded two CDs that have received many favorable reviews. For more information about Adam Miller visit http://www.Folksinging.org. For information about the concert call Jan McGowan at (530) 573-3185.